This one-day conference at Drexel University in Philadelphia will explore what two cities can learn from one another about building cooperatives and cooperative networks, and what cooperatives contribute to cities, regions and states. Our conference also provides an opportunity to learn from the Honorable Chaka Fattah about the National Cooperative Development Act, a bill he introduced into Congress on December 15, 2011.

Save the Date -  June 13, 2012
Hosted by Drexel University’s Center for Public Policy

Invited speakers include: Chaka Fattah, U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District Gar Alperovitz, University of Maryland and the Democracy Collaborative Paul Soglin, Mayor, City of Madison, Wisconsin Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia Michael Swack, Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire Jessica Gordon Nembhard, John Jay College Steve Dubb, Democracy Collaborative

The conference will include breakout sessions and workshops that examine specific cooperatives in detail, comparing those in Pennsylvania (mostly from Philadelphia) and those in Wisconsin (mostly from Madison):

From Pennsylvania: Weaver’s Way, Mariposa, Green Saw, Lancaster Farm Fresh, Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania, People-for-People Credit Union, South Philly Food Coop, Kensington Food Coop, Ecology, Home Care Associates, Childspace

From Wisconsin: Willy Street, Regent Street, Isthmus Engineering, Just Coffee, Union Cab, Organic Valley, Summit Credit Union, Mifflin Street, Cooperative Care 

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For more information, contact: Charlotte Jackson Drexel University Center for Public Policy 215-571-3797